EMC May Have Invested In MongoDB To Boost Its Storage, Security And Big Data Biz

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Because of that performance, the MongoDB technology could prove to be a huge boost to the performance of EMC's RSA security solutions, and it could tie in well with EMC's Isilon scale-out NAS technology and with big data developer Pivotal, a joint-venture of EMC and VMware, Lumenate's Shepard said.

"The MongoDB itself is not the key," he said. "It's the indexing performance."

For instance, indexing security incidents into a database in real time is a challenging task for security software, Shepard said. "RSA products collect data and roll it into a database, but it can get overwhelmed," he said. "With MongoDB, imagine how fast RSA will work."

EMC could also tie MongoDB to its Isilon scale-out storage technology, Shepard said.

"Isilon is the best scale-out architecture out there," he said. "MongoDB could handle the indexing of the files on Isilon to improve performance."

MongoDB uses technology it calls GridFS for high-speed storage and retrieval of large files and for accessing files without loading the entire file into memory, Shepard said.

"That's also an Isilon play," he said. "They can build this whole grid using Isilon."

In addition, since MongoDB database technology was built for big data, EMC could also tie it into the company's Pivotal and Greenplum big data technologies, he said.


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